Submitted By Shawn Snyder, MHS Assistant Principal
Each summer, Milford FFA takes a team of students to the Delaware State Fair to compete in various competitions. These competitions range from Agronomy to Forestry to Live Stock Judging to Tractor Driving. Throughout the years, the FFA Advisors have prepared championship caliber students and teams; 2015 was no exception.
Led by FFA Advisors Mrs. Judith Bruns, Mr. Chris Stahl, Mr. Scott Haldeman and Mr. Jack Newark, this year’s students brought home several top performances including a first place Agronomy Team that will now compete in the National FFA Convention in October. Bryce Warren led the group with a first place finish overall in the category.
Milford’s Forestry Team took home 2nd place honors and will compete in the FFA Regional competition, referred to as “Big E”, in September. This team was led a by Jared Maule’s 3rd place performance. Finally, Poultry Judging brought home a third place finish, also qualifying the team for September’s Big E competition.
Other notable performances this year were Chris Fox’s 2nd place performance in Tractor Driving as well as strong showings from the Live Stock Judging, Ag Mechanics and Veterinary Science Teams. These performances represented hundreds of hours of work and preparation for both students and their advisors. Because of these efforts, Milford’s FFA teams were very successful this year. However, the team competitions weren’t the only FFA successes this summer at the Delaware State Fair.
Many students had individual animal showing as well. Milford Students showed both pigs and sheep this year, with freshman Kacie Casper’s pig taking 3rd place in the Market Class. Below is a full list of Milford FFA students who competed at the Delaware State Fair and their results:
Agronomy team 1st in the state, will compete at National FFA Convention in October
Bryce Warren, 1st individually
Summer Arthurs, 2nd individually
Megan Stevenson, 3rd individually
Josh Messick, 4th individually
Tractor Driving 2nd in State
Forestry 2nd in the state, will compete at the regional level at The Big E in September
Jared Maule, 3rd individually
Caroline Russell, 4th individually
Nina Ciccaglione, 5th individually
Nickolas Wright, 7th individually
Poultry Judging 3rd in state, will compete at the regional level at The Big E in September
Patrick Donovan, 6th individually
Sage Culver 9th individually
Will Kinsella 8th individually
Paige Lee 10th individually
Ag Mechanics 3rd in state
Livestock Judging 4th in state
Alexis Doughty, 6th individually
Alison Nordberg, 10th individually
Vet Science Team 5th in state
Tractor Driving 10th in the state
Students showing Pigs
Kacie Casper-pig placed third in the market class and was auctioned off at the Junior Livestock Auction on Thursday, July 30th
Students showing sheep